The world’s top charter yachts have always followed a predictable path: They spend their summers in the Mediterranean and their winters in the Caribbean. This winter, however, some of the biggest and best boats are charting new courses to such exotic locales as the Maldives and even Madagascar. The Caribbean remains the region of choice for most of the premier yachts—including the 241-foot Siren (shown on previous spread)—but charter clients now have a range of alternative routes and destinations worldwide. Following are 21 of our favorite options for the 2010/2011 winter season.
The Caribbean remains the center of the winter-charter universe, and Siren is one of the region’s brightest stars. Launched by the German shipyard Nobiskrug in 2008, this 241-footer features a helipad that converts to a dance floor or lounging area, an elevator that accesses three of the yacht’s four decks, a Jacuzzi, and two movie theaters—one inside on the bridge deck and another on the sundeck. Other amenities include a huge beach-club-like deck and a gym, and a master suite with a fold-down terrace. Waverunners, inflatable sea kayaks, fishing and snorkeling gear, and other toys and tenders await those who charter Siren, which accommodates as many as 12 guests and 16 crew. ($665,000 to $765,000 per week) Burgess,
Entering Casino Royale from the aft deck, guests walk across a marble floor inlaid with an image of a roulette wheel. Other James Bond–themed details—silhouetted Bond girls etched in glass and an ace-of-spades-shaped deck table—spice up this otherwise traditionally styled yacht from Christensen Shipyards. At 163 feet, Casino Royale accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms. The yacht cruises at 12 knots and satisfies guests’ need for speed with two tenders and four Waverunners. (From $250,000 per week) International Yacht Collection. 954.522.2323, www.iyc.com
A shining example of Perini Navi workmanship, the 184-foot sailing yacht Riela is sure to garner attention this winter in the Caribbean (from where she will sail through the Panama Canal and head to the Galápagos Islands for the spring). Stunning interior and exterior spaces include six staterooms for as many as 12 guests, a beach platform off the stern, and upper decks with lounging areas, sun pads, a hot tub, a barbecue, and a bar area. Riela also offers a Pinel & Pinel leather trunk packed with board games, and the yacht comes with two Castoldi 21-foot tenders, two sailing dinghies, water skis, wakeboards, kneeboards, Seabob personal diving watercraft, and other toys. ($220,000 to $255,000 per week) Perini Navi USA. 401.683.5600, www.perininavi.it
Paloma first launched in 1965, but several subsequent refits and years of careful care have ensured that this 198-foot motor yacht remains among the finest charters in the Caribbean. The yacht sleeps 12 guests in seven staterooms and has accommodations for 15 crew. Toys include Waverunners, kayaks, water skis, towable inner tubes, and snorkeling and scuba gear. Paloma is equipped with a dive compressor, a Jacuzzi, a steam room, and a karaoke machine. (From about $250,000 per week) Camper & Nicholsons International.
Perini Navi built its 184-foot sailboat Panthalassa with charter in mind. The yacht, which was delivered in February, features six similarly equipped and sized staterooms, so charter guests need not argue over who gets which suite. The noted architectural firm Foster + Partners of London designed Panthalassa’s contemporary interiors. Outdoor spaces include numerous dining tables and sun pads plus a swim platform with a barbecue grill. Panthalassa also carries plenty of water toys—a three-seat Waverunner, a stand-up Jet Ski, boards for kitesurfing and windsurfing, water skis, a variety of large tenders, and more. The yacht’s crew of 10 can be expanded to include a divemaster and a masseuse. (From $200,000 per week) Camper & Nicholsons International. 561.655.2121, www.camperandnicholsons.com
English designer Donald Starkey and Dutch shipbuilder Feadship collaborated on this 214-foot, quad-deck motor yacht, which launched in 2009. Trident offers an abundance of tenders—from a pair of elegant 22-foot Chris-Crafts to a 14-foot sailboat—as well as a seven-stateroom layout that accommodates as many as 12 guests comfortably. The myriad onboard options for entertainment include 10 high-definition televisions that are linked to a Kaleidescape media server loaded with hundreds of movies. Among the yacht’s crew of 14 is chef Simon Jones, who helmed the kitchen at London’s L’Escargot restaurant when it earned a Michelin star in 1996. (From $450,000 per week) Feadship Charter Division. 954.761.1830, www.feadshipcharter.com
INDIAN OCEAN & ASIA PACIFIC
The 212-foot Benetti-built motor yacht Silver Angel is one of several significant charter boats cruising the Indian Ocean this winter. Focusing on the waters near the Seychelles and Maldives, the yacht features a crew of 19 to serve as many as 14 guests. A polished Art Deco interior includes seven staterooms with en-suite bathrooms, a gym, and a steam room. Custom-built tenders complement such toys as scuba gear, fishing equipment, Jet Skis, and a Seabob. The enclosed, air-conditioned salon on the sundeck has a glass ceiling and opens up on two sides for fresh-air dining. The sundeck is home to a sizable jet pool with counterflow for onboard swimming, as well as an automated golf system for practicing your swing. (From about $630,000 per week) Camper & Nicholsons International. 561.655.2121, www.camperandnicholsons.com
With an Andrew Winch design and CMN construction, the 197-foot Cloud 9 is an especially refined option in the Maldives this winter. (The boat will head to Thailand and Langkawi later in the season.) As many as 12 guests reside in six staterooms, which include a master suite with a raised observation lounge. The VIP cabins offer private balconies, while Cloud 9’s communal outdoor areas include a sundeck with a hot tub and several dining areas. Toys and tenders range from wakeboards and water skis to clear-bottom kayaks and a beach volleyball set. (From about $440,000 per week) Camper & Nicholsons International. 561.655.2121, www.camperandnicholsons.com
Fresh off a refit earlier this year, the 184-foot Benetti motor yacht Galaxy starts off the season in the Maldives before heading to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tahiti. A sundeck solarium that doubles as a full gym is the yacht’s defining feature, although the main salon, with its baby grand piano, is also a highlight. As many as 12 guests are served by a crew of 15 and enjoy the use of two sailing dinghies, kayaks, Waverunners, water skis, various tow toys, and a windsurfing board. (From about $355,000 per week) Camper & Nicholsons International.
This 140-foot Baglietto-built motor yacht features a sky lounge that transforms into a surround-sound theater. For recreational pursuits, Le Yana offers Jet Skis, water skis, wakeboards, and a stable of inflatable water toys. The yacht, which is cruising around the Maldives and Seychelles this winter, accommodates 12 guests in five staterooms and two Pullman berths, and is serviced by a crew of seven. ($190,000 to $215,000 per week) Burgess. 305.672.0150, www.burgessyachts.com
The 164-foot motor yacht Platinum is named for one precious metal and awash in another: Approximately 40,000 sheets of gold leaf decorate the Benetti-built vessel’s interior. The golden adornments set the tone for the decadent experience aboard Platinum, which is cruising the Arabian Sea this winter. In addition to a glowing interior, which accommodates as many as 12 guests in five staterooms, the yacht boasts a flotilla of toys including a Novurania tender, two Waverunners, two kayaks, water skis, wakeboards, snorkeling gear, and a sailing dinghy. Two 2,250 hp MTU engines give Platinum a cruising speed of 12 knots. ($280,000 to $320,000 per week) Burgess. 305.672.0150, www.burgessyachts.com
Sierra Romeo, from Italy’s Mondomarine shipyard, is spending the winter in the Andaman Sea, anchoring in Phuket and Langkawi. The 136-foot yacht accommodates as many as 12 guests in six staterooms, which feature modern-Italian minimalist interiors marked by a variety of woods. Multiple home theater systems and a Playstation game console keep guests entertained on board, while Waverunners, Seabobs, water skis, a windsurfing board, a wakeboard, various towables, snorkeling gear, and a canoe keep them entertained on the water. Guests can retire to Sierra Romeo’s bridge-deck hot tub. ($175,000 to $195,000 per week) Burgess.
Though originally intended as a support yacht, the 174-foot custom-built SuRi returned to the water earlier this year following an extensive refit and is now an ideal pleasure cruiser. The refit added to the vessel’s already ample deck space and incorporated a high-quality six-stateroom interior. SuRi’s size affords plenty of storage space, allowing for an onboard helicopter, hovercraft, and dune buggy, among other toys. The yacht, whose 12 guests are served by a crew of 10, cruises at 11 knots and has an incredible 9,900-nautical-mile range. This winter, that range will revolve primarily around the waters of the South Pacific, where SuRi will likely be seen off the coast of Fiji and Tahiti before heading to Indonesia. (From $225,000 per week) Merle Wood & Associates.
A piano in the main salon sets the tone aboard Montigne, a 187-foot sailing yacht with a decidedly classic interior. Six regally appointed staterooms accommodate as many as 14 guests, who enjoy an abundance of deck areas for sunning and lounging, as well as a hot tub on the top deck. A crew of 10 ensures that guests are pampered, while various onboard theater systems and water toys including kayaks, wakeboards, and kneeboards guarantee that they remain entertained. Montigne will cruise at a comfortable 10 knots under sail (supplemental power comes from two Caterpillar engines) as she plies the waters off Thailand and Malaysia this winter. ($140,000 to $161,000 per week) Ocean Independence. +44.1273.831.010, www.oceanindependence.com
The Mondomarine-built Tribù was the first motor yacht to be awarded Green Star environmental certification by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, a 150-year-old ship-classification society. The 166-foot yacht pairs its eco-friendly technology with a contemporary Italian interior that accommodates 10 guests in five staterooms, plus 12 crew. Amenities include two gyms (one with a hammam), as well as various tenders and gear for waterskiing and fishing off New Zealand and Australia, where Tribù is available this winter. (From about $260,000 per week) Fraser Yachts. 954.463.0600, www.fraseryachts.com
Guests aboard the motor yacht Ligaya will soak in the views of Phuket this winter through a plethora of picture windows. The ample glass and high ceilings in the 125-foot vessel’s main salon and five staterooms, which accommodate 10 guests, combine to provide a sense of spaciousness. Standout features include a full-beam master suite and a top-deck hot tub. Seven crew attend to Ligaya’s guests. ($118,000 to $132,000 per week)Edmiston. +318.104.22.168.44, www.edmistoncompany.com
THE AMERICAS & BEYOND
The 149-foot expedition yacht Atmosphere is one of the many high-quality vessels venturing well beyond the tried-and-true destinations this winter. Available in Patagonia, the yacht is appropriately equipped with a Zodiac Hurricane RIB, five tenders, 10 inflatable kayaks, 36 fishing skiffs, and an optional pair of Bell 407 helicopters. As many as 28 guests can charter Atmosphere, which features a full spa and sauna and a crew of 32. ($290,000 per week) Edmiston. +322.214.171.124.44, www.edmistoncompany.com
Large charter groups will also find a hospitable home in the 229-foot motor yacht Sherakhan. The 1965-built vessel (fully refitted in 2005), which like Atmosphere is available in Patagonia, accommodates as many as 26 guests, has an 18-person glass-bottom spa pool, and features a 24-seat dining room table, making it an ideal option for a company retreat or family reunion. The yacht’s 13 staterooms are decorated in a rainbow of colors and styles and are complemented by an onboard beauty salon, a spa, and a gym. In addition to tenders, a sailboat, Waverunners, Jet Skis, and tow toys, Sherakhan’s recreational offerings include a floating trampoline. (From about $555,000 per week) Camper & Nicholsons International. 561.655.2121, www.camperandnicholsons.com
The 5,000-nautical-mile range of Crystal II should enable long stints at sea as the 117-foot motor yacht cruises Central America’s Pacific coast off Panama and Costa Rica this winter. Launched in 2009, the vessel accommodates eight guests, who enjoy an on-deck Jacuzzi and large outdoor spaces with ample dining areas. Other spaces include a sundeck with a shaded bar and a huge sun pad. The yacht’s toys and tenders range from a pair of ocean kayaks to an 18-foot Novurania center-console RIB. (From $70,000 per week) Fraser Yachts. 954.463.0600, www.fraseryachts.com
Perini Navi’s Exuma is the first in the Italian builder’s Vitruvius series. With a streamlined bow and aluminum hull, the 164-foot motor yacht is extremely efficient—and especially good-looking. But the yacht offers plenty of brawn to go with its beauty: Built for worldwide adventure, Exuma travels with a fully custom 16-foot amphibious vehicle, a 12-foot hovercraft, and 21- and 14-foot tenders, plus two Seabobs, a Sea-Doo personal watercraft, and scuba gear. Exuma is sailing through the Panama Canal and toward the South Pacific this winter. The yacht sleeps 10 guests in five staterooms. (From about $245,000 per week) Perini Navi USA. 401.683.5600, www.perininavi.it
Sailing yacht Drumbeat started life as the 174-foot Salperton, which won the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge in 2005. Immaculately maintained, Drumbeat features sizable open areas on the main deck, from the cockpit to the salon, and from the dining area to the bridge. The classic, elegant interior accommodates as many as 11 guests in five staterooms, in addition to 10 crew. Toys and tenders include two Topaz Race X sailing dinghies, two sea kayaks, various towables, and Sea-Doos, as well as snorkeling and fishing gear. Drumbeat began a global circumnavigation last March in the South of France, from where she cruised to Southeast Asia. The yacht is starting the winter season in the Maldives and Madagascar and, early next year, will venture to the Caribbean and Brazil before heading back to the Mediterranean for the summer. (From about $235,000 per week) YachtZoo. 954.767.1035, www.yacht-zoo.com